To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base of capital employed. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. Having said that, while the ROCE is currently high for Micro-Mechanics (Holdings) (SGX:5DD), we aren't jumping out of our chairs because returns are decreasing.
Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What Is It?
For those who don't know, ROCE is a measure of a company's yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. To calculate this metric for Micro-Mechanics (Holdings), this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.38 = S$25m ÷ (S$76m - S$11m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).
So, Micro-Mechanics (Holdings) has an ROCE of 38%. That's a fantastic return and not only that, it outpaces the average of 25% earned by companies in a similar industry.
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Above you can see how the current ROCE for Micro-Mechanics (Holdings) compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
The Trend Of ROCE
There hasn't been much to report for Micro-Mechanics (Holdings)'s returns and its level of capital employed because both metrics have been steady for the past five years. This tells us the company isn't reinvesting in itself, so it's plausible that it's past the growth phase. Although current returns are high, we'd need more evidence of underlying growth for it to look like a multi-bagger going forward.
The Bottom Line
In summary, Micro-Mechanics (Holdings) isn't compounding its earnings but is generating decent returns on the same amount of capital employed. Since the stock has gained an impressive 66% over the last five years, investors must think there's better things to come. Ultimately, if the underlying trends persist, we wouldn't hold our breath on it being a multi-bagger going forward.
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